St. Mary’s Independent School has a long and impressive sporting tradition. Our sporting ethos and understanding of the importance of physical education has helped many past students to go on to achieve sporting success.
These include Derek Kenway for Hampshire County Cricket Club, Neal McDonald, who is a top Ocean Racing skipper, and Simon Rodhouse, a Commonwealth and Olympic competitor at shot.
In football, ex-Saints players John Sydenham, Nick Holmes, Ian Baird and Kevin Dawtry were St Mary’s students. Andrew Surman, who now plays for Bournemouth FC, was a recent captain of our Year 11 football team. Joe Keenan, another former student, has captained England Under-20s, scoring the first senior goal in a competitive match at the St. Mary’s stadium.
Sporting excellence is encouraged through a diverse range of activities under the supervision of qualified staff who often give freely of their own time, during lunch times and after school.
The school grounds across 17 acres provide the space for major team games as well as more specialised field activities. We firmly believe in the physical, social and educational value of sports education.
We encourage students to aim for a personal best performance. This creates the foundation for showing respect for others, aiming the highest standards of sportsmanship and embedding a sense of fair play. Students also develop a strong teamwork ethic, leadership skills and an ability to use their initiative, in addition to improving personal fitness and understanding the need for a healthy lifestyle.
All students, irrespective of ability, are encouraged to participate in a wide range of sporting activities. Consequently, the school is strongly represented at city, county, national and international level in many sports.
Teams from Years 7-11 compete with distinction in city football, cross-country, table tennis, cricket, athletics and swimming, as well as in county and regional events. There is a House System that facilitates internal competition in the major sports, with some class and individual events too.